STRAIT – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan rose to 637,645 on Wednesday, including 15,935 deaths, state officials report.
Wednesday’s update includes a total of 4,454 new cases and 16 additional deaths. As of Tuesday, the state reported a total of 633,191 cases and 15,919 deaths.
This is the highest one-day case total since December 15.
Testing was stable at around 35,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with a 7-day positive rate above 7% on Monday. The state has reported an increase in hospitalizations over the past three weeks.
Michigan’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 2,938 on Tuesday – the highest since early January. The 7-day average of deaths was 17 on Tuesday and has remained stable for several weeks. The state’s death rate is 2.5%. The state is also reporting “active cases,” which were listed at 54,500 on Tuesday. More than 562,000 have recovered in Michigan.
Michigan has reported more than 3.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered, as of Wednesday, 29% of residents having received at least one dose.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 29.9 million cases have been reported in the United States., with over 543,800 deaths reported by the virus.
Around the world, more than 124 million people have been confirmed infected and over 2.7 million died. More … than 70 million have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University. The real numbers are certainly much higher, due to the limited testing, the different ways nations count the dead, and the deliberate underreporting of some governments.
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The state of Michigan announced Friday that all residents aged 16 and over will become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on April 5, nearly a month before the May 1 date promised by President Joe Biden.
People aged 16 to 49 certain medical conditions or disabilities will qualify from March 22, when 50 to 64 year olds can start to be vaccinated following a previous announcement. Two days later, on March 24, a federally-selected regional mass vaccination site will open at Ford Field in Detroit to administer an additional 6,000 doses per day for two months.
Learn more here.
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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced that the first case of variant B.1.351 of COVID-19 has been identified in a child in Jackson County.
The health department has not specified how the boy became infected, but a case investigation is underway to determine close contacts and if there are any other associated cases.
This new variant was originally detected in South Africa in October 2020 and shares some mutations with the B117 variant. The first case of the B117 variant – originally detected in the UK – has been identified in Washtenaw County.
The state of Michigan has relaxed its Restrictions COVID-19 on bars and restaurants, including the capacity limit and nighttime curfew.
On Tuesday March 2, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced that restrictions on indoor dining have been revised.
Starting Friday, March 5, Michigan restaurants and bars will be allowed to fill up to 50% of their capacity, with a maximum of 100 people, according to the state.
“I am proud that we can take this positive step without compromising public health,” said Whitmer.
Since February 1, restaurants have been capped at 25% of their capacity. From mid-November to the end of January, no indoor meals were allowed in bars or restaurants.
The number of confirmed cases of a more contagious variant of COVID-19 in Michigan has increased by more than 100 this week, suggesting there is an “undetected spread” in the community.
Dr Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical director for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said the state has confirmed 422 cases of the COVID-19 B117 variant.
This number has increased from 314 cases identified six days earlier (February 24).
Through a partnership with SMART, Macomb County is offering a new vaccination location in Sterling Heights.
The vaccination site is at Sterling Heights Senior Center on Utica Road, between Schoenherr and Van Dyke roads.
Appointments are compulsory. Residents and eligible workers can call the SMART Macomb Vaccine line at 586-421-6579.
Wayne County has announced that it will open several vaccination clinics for residents 65 and older.
Vaccination clinics will begin on February 23, according to County Director Warren Evans.
“I am happy that Wayne County is now able to start vaccinating the elderly,” Evans said. “I know everyone is anxious to get back to normal in a safe way. Our team is working hard to ensure that all of our residents can get vaccinated against COVID as quickly as the vaccine is available. “
There are no walk-in appointments and seniors must make an appointment by calling the site number in their community.
The full list of clinics and how to register can be found here.
Cases reported daily in Michigan COVID-19 since March 1:
- March 1 – 785 new cases
- March 2 – 1,067 new cases
- March 3 – 1,536 new cases
- March 4 – 1,526 new cases
- March 5 – 1,486 new cases
- March 6 – 1,289 new cases
- March 7 – 980 new cases
- March 8 – 980 new cases
- March 9 – 954 new cases
- March 10 – 2,316 new cases
- March 11 – 2,091 new cases
- March 12 – 2,403 new cases
- March 13 – 1,659 new cases
- March 14 – 1,571 new cases
- March 15 – 1,572 new cases
- March 16 – 2,048 new cases
- March 17 – 3,164 new cases
- March 18 – 2,629 new cases
- March 19 – 3,730 new cases
- March 20 – 2,660 new cases
- March 21 – 2,400 new cases
- March 22 – 2,401 new cases
- March 23 – 3,579 new cases
- March 24 – 4,454 new cases
Michigan COVID-19 has been reporting deaths daily since March 1:
- March 1 – 6 new deaths
- March 2 – 24 new deaths (12 according to civil status)
- March 3 – 5 new deaths
- March 4 – 37 new deaths (29 according to civil status)
- March 5 – 10 new deaths
- March 6 – 56 new deaths (48 according to civil status)
- March 7 – 2 new deaths
- March 8 – 2 new deaths
- March 9 – 29 new deaths (8 according to civil status)
- March 10 – 8 new deaths
- March 11 – 23 new deaths (16 according to civil status)
- March 12 – 8 new deaths
- March 13 – 38 new deaths (30 according to civil status)
- March 14 – 4 new deaths
- March 15 – 5 new deaths
- March 16 – 27 new deaths (6 according to civil status)
- March 17 – 0 new deaths
- March 18 – 25 new deaths (including 24 according to civil status)
- March 19 – 15 new deaths
- March 20 – 47 new deaths – (39 according to civil status)
- March 21 – 3 new deaths
- March 22 – 3 new deaths
- March 23 – 16 new deaths (8 according to civil status)
- March 24 – 16 new deaths
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